Out of the Blue | Jen Lee | Presented by Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Out of the Blue is brought to you by Schrader’s

Name: Jen Lee

Birthday: August 29 1983

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Occupation: Human Resources

Number: 623

Bike: 2015 Husky TE125

Race Club: FreeRiders

Classes: Women’s

This week, ‘Out of the Blue’ features Calgary rider, Jen Lee | Lee photo

How did you get into Motocross?

I got into motocross when I started dating my husband about 9 years ago. He was racing at the time and has worked in the industry as a mechanic for over 25 years. Because of his race schedule, going to the track was the only way for us to spend time together on the weekends. Lately, I have transitioned into off-road and really love it. I’m ssetting new goals for myself each year and getting faster.

As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?

When I was a kid? No, never. Motocross is kind of unheard of where I grew up in Brantford, Ontario. The nearest track is Gopher Dunes which is like 1.5hrs away. Once I moved to Calgary about 9 years ago I knew I wanted to get my own bike and get into the sport.

Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?

Maybe like 10 years ago, but not today. There are so many women getting into this sport in both motocross and off-road. Lots of women have shown that they can go toe to toe – or tire to tire- with the boys. I know a lot of guys that won’t go up against some local girls like Lexi (Pechout) and the other Pro-class women because they’re afraid they will get beat and hurt their pride.

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

I would say Lexi Pechout. She is such a well-rounded rider. From enduro, to off-road, to motocross, that girl has such speed and technique – spanks all the boys! Her hard work and dedication to riding inspires me to be a better rider.

Jen is married to mechanic Carlos Villanueva and credits him with getting her hooked on the sport | Lee photo

Where is your favourite place to ride and why?

Koocanousa!! This place is best of both worlds. It’s heaven on earth for both motocross and off-road riders. This place is not only beautiful but you have natural rolling whoops with wide open straightways and natural flowing berms. I get my kicks racing all the boys seeing how many I can pass in the corners!

Who is your hero?

I would have to say my husband Carlos Villanueva. He has thought me so much and is always there to support me in everything I do. He is very well known in the industry across Canada as one of the best mechanics out there, so he has taught me a lot throughout the years. He is also my best friend and we do everything together.

What are your goals for this season?

I really want to work on obstacles and endurance this season for off-road racing. I had some help and coaching from Lexi Pechout and Jasiek Folga (aka ‘Polish Nightmare’) this year that gave me a different perspective and made me go outside of my comfort zone and push myself.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

Having almost 200 hours on my bike in one season!

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

Seeing all the blinged-out bikes, getting to see all my friends and cheering on my favourite riders.

What do you like to do when you’re not riding?

I love chilling with friends around a camp fire.

“I really want to work on obstacles and endurance this season for off-road racing. I had some help and coaching from Lexi Pechout and Jasiek Folga (aka ‘Polish Nightmare’) this year that gave me a different perspective and made me go outside of my comfort zone and push myself.” | Lee photo

Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/husband, or just a bonus?

I feel like it is import to have, but it’s not for everyone. I know a number of women that don’t have husbands and boyfriends in the sport. It’s definitely a bonus for me to have a mechanic husband, too. I am one lucky girl.

If you have children, will they be motocross racers?

Of course!

Who do you want to thank?

I want to thank my husband Carlos for all the love, support and hours spent working on my bike! Also, I want to thank Dean Thompson from Blackfoot Direct for all the support over the years.